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Whats a concise definition of Rural Urban Continuum?

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May 26, 2007 9:53PM

The rural urban continuum is the fluctuation in the scale of rurality between major urban settlements. For example between city's it will gradually become more rural before declining in an urban area. To elucidate this could be exemplified anecdotally by a hill phenomena - whereupon there is a trough in rurality in a CBD followed by a gradual incline in levels of rurality as distance from said CBD increases. This reaches an eventual peak in an area of isolated rurality before the scale of rurality (see Cloke's scale of rurality) declines again to a trough in an urban centre.